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Donna D. 11-02-2009 06:47 AM

Good read.. enjoy! Does America need a time-out? By Faith Salie

Lex M 11-02-2009 09:40 AM

I am afraid a big part of this world needs a time-out :(

Chester Taje 11-02-2009 10:08 AM

I agree with Lex.

Frederick L. Simson 11-02-2009 10:19 AM

The City of San Diego has a new public service ad campaign with billboards and bus ads that just came out:

"Loose the Roaditude"

HerseyBA 11-02-2009 03:06 PM

I wonder if rudeness and unhappiness go hand and hand. How many people do you see today that are smiling or will reply if you say "Good Morning" I seem to see fewer and fewer every day. Is everyone that self absorbed? Sad....

Donna D. 11-02-2009 07:27 PM

I once read when a person can't control his or her own life, they try to control someone else's life. I think that's pretty prophetic. I see it in my workplace a lot. Like adult bullies. One of the reasons we ask everyone to register with a real name is so that members realize when they're responding to a post, they're responding to a real person... not some nameless, faceless entity. It seems to work pretty well for us.

Does anyone know if they still teach the Golden Rule in elementary school? If not, they should!

Lynn Musgrave 11-02-2009 08:17 PM

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Does anyone know if they still teach the Golden Rule in elementary school? If not, they should!

No they do not....not allowed...teachers can only say"Try to be nice"

bobinyelm 11-02-2009 08:55 PM

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I wonder if rudeness and unhappiness go hand and hand. How many people do you see today that are smiling or will reply if you say "Good Morning" I seem to see fewer and fewer every day. Is everyone that self absorbed? Sad....
Most of the people I know are frightened and depressed today.

They don't know if they will be able to keep their job. They don't know if they will be able to retire. They don't know if their health care will continue, or if it will pay for the procedure they may need (a friend in NJ was just notified that her policy would exclude coverage for cancer treatment upon her next renewal). People are afraid their investments are no longer safe, or if they put their money in the bank, whether they can live on 1/2% interest it pays, or even if Social Security will be there for them.

You put all of this together, and what you have is STRESS. Stress makes humans behave like rats in over populated habitats, with nipping and fighting, as well as hair loss and neurotic behavior manifestations.

Couple this with a general lack of self discipline in people who come to believe, "It's all about ME," and people are bound to be ill at ease, to put it kindly.

Is it any wonder, then, that so many people seem one incident away from snapping, and seem to take things out on others at the slightest provocation?

Bob

David & Leslie 11-02-2009 08:56 PM

:Thanx: Donna, for posting this - it is a good read. I also tend to agree with Lex ... a 'rediscovery' of civility would be terrific! LdB

brian m. 11-02-2009 09:19 PM

Camping is a great "time-out". It makes people happy and nice.

Lex M 11-03-2009 11:13 AM

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:Thanx: Donna, for posting this - it is a good read. I also tend to agree with Lex ... a 'rediscovery' of civility would be terrific! LdB
If it is like we experienced in NA, we need it harder than you overthere :yep :yep

Bill MacDermod 11-03-2009 01:14 PM

:goodposting: I think as long as the example in this article is cell phones I will continue along those lines. don't get me wrong I don't know what society would do w/o cells, but, I have to think about the other side of it as well. First of all I am not a phone user although I own a cell phone it goes dead from hanging on my belt unused. My complaint, I notice many times young folks in restaurants on a date and they are texting the whole time, rude???? yes. you go out to lunch with someone and his or her cell rings, you 30 min lunch turns into a 25 minute phone conversation and you may have had something important to talk over but it will have to wait till you can contact him or her at a later date, OH, on the cell phone of course. We need to relearn some manners and leave the cell off when we are going to be spending some time in a one on one situation. Did I mention road rage over nothing :snowman

Time K 11-06-2009 09:40 AM

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Does anyone know if they still teach the Golden Rule in elementary school? If not, they should!
No, but we do at home.

Bob H 11-06-2009 10:55 PM

A "funny" thing has happened to me lately... My Mom fell & broke her hip, (that in itself isn't funny at all, but it is the catalist of what has happened), and she has been put in a nursing home to recover and be rehabilitated.

For a full week now, I've been coming to visit with her and some of the other residents in the center as well. Through it all I have taken it upon myself to keep a positive attitutude, & maintain a friendly face when visiting. There's a lot of "human wreckage" in the nursing center, and for me, it really has made me realize that the little miseries in my life pale in comparison to others.

Here's the funny part...while I've never considered myself a overly agressive driver, I've now noticed more tolerance in my reaction to someone "being stupid in a no stupid zone" on the road. I'm not claiming that a visit to a nursing home is a road-rage remedy, but being made to be more compassionate has had a direct effect in my overall outlook to life.

It may be plausable that in our everyday lives, we all are mostly insulated from exposure to life's frailities, and from that insulation, we may lose compassion to our fellow man.

ConwayBob


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